The 8 Types of Jobs

by Ron Haynes

help wanted Welcome, welcome. Come on in and have a seat on the couch right there. Just relax. We’re going to have a little conversation about your job anxieties. As a matter of fact, just lie back on the couch and let’s focus together on letting all your misgivings about your current or even future job evaporate into the air.

I think we need to decide together just which of the 8 types job you’re employed in. Once we do that, we can focus on helping you work through your concerns. What? You didn’t know there were only 8 job types? Well, here they are:

1. The Security Job

Are you just hanging out to collect a paycheck? If so, you may be in a “security job.” All it does is provide you with the means to take care of yourself and your family. You’re not experiencing any job satisfaction at all. You probably don’t like it and I’m sure your employer doesn’t either. Here’s a hint: your employer probably knows, and she’s already looking for your replacement.

2. The Scouting Job

If you’re just hanging on, trying to figure out what you really want to do, or what you want to do next, you’re in a “scouting job.” You may be waiting to finish your degree or you’re waiting until something “better” comes along. You’re just checking things out but you’re still motivated enough to work on building up some key accomplishments to highlight in your next interview.

3. The Social Job

Sometimes we work at places simply because we have friends there. The camaraderie and fun that our friends bring to the workplace make staying there relatively easy. You probably love coming to work and I’m sure your boss probably loves seeing you all enjoying each other’s company and collaboration, but your focus is probably too much on your social relations. Is your professional growth truly on track? Maybe, maybe not.

4. The Speculator Job

If you’re in this job, you’re probably working like crazy in hopes of a future payoff, a huge payoff. How high is your confidence that this payoff will actually happen? When most people in a “speculative job” lose their hope and realize they won’t get paid what they’re worth, they scavenge the company’s resources – contacts, training manuals, copier toner, bandwidth – to achieve some sort of return on their investment. They basically compromise their own integrity out of frustration and that ethical lapse eats away at their conscience.

5. The Selfish Job

Is your job only about you? If it is, you’re probably just hoping to learn, grow, and collect evidence of your own personal ability to add value for no other reason than because it makes you feel better. Using your employer’s resources only to build up yourself will leave you feeling like a moocher and add some stress to your life.

6. The Singular Job

If your job provides a singular, unusual, or unique opportunity to meet a personal need or want, you’re employed in a “singular job.”  You may have a strict schedule your current job accommodates or you may need to work in a certain location, with a certain high profile individual, or to learn a particular skill. As long as this job provides that singular purpose – and you NEED it – this job will probably work out well for you.

7. The Stuck Job

The “stuck job” needs little explanation. You’re stuck – either because of a family situation, an economic situation, a debt situation, or an insurance situation. You do just enough to keep your job. It’s time to dust off that resume and take a part-time job — finding a new line of work.

8. The Sensational  Job

Are you working in a job that fuels your personal passion? Now we’re talking! There are TONS of positives when your job aligns with your personal values, deep interests, and highest priorities. You’re happy to be there and it shows. If this is your job, consider yourself fortunate. Very, VERY few people are employed in their sensational job, their dream job. As long as the “work” aspect doesn’t become too annoying, frustrating, or overbearing, you will have a great time.

So, which one of these job types are you in?

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 988 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.